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Next Game Crucial To Pardew’s Future At Newcastle

9:33 am, Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

After such a terrible run of results and this being Sunday, we could probably have guessed there would be some stories that Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, is about to be fired by owner Mike Ashley,

alan pardew tottenham 4-0

Alan Pardew – shell-shocked on Wednesday night against Spurs

And sure enough there’s a story in the Express today that Newcastle must beat Aston Villa if Alan is to retain his job as manager of the club.

Of course Alan would not be the first manager to be fired this season in the Premier League, and Fulham on Friday sacked Rene Meulensteen, who had been in charge for just over two months – and they brought in German coach Felix Magath on an 18-month deal.

But if Alan on the off chance is fired – don’t expect Newcastle to bring in a replacement for him – Newcastle don’t do that kind of thing – at least not in the short-term – otherwise it would look like the club knew what they were doing.

This is some of what the Express is reporting today:

It’s believed that owner Mike Ashley is ready to pull the plug on Pardew, who was appointed in December 2010, if Newcastle fail to beat Aston Villa at home next Sunday.

It’s also believed by some people that the earth is flat.

It seems to us if Alan Pardew is to be fired, it could wait until the end of the season – and Alan would be given a chance in the final 12 games  of the season to revive Newcastle, and he’s probably the best one to do that.

And all the other firings in the PL this season  have been by clubs facing relegation – and missing out on that huge TV money – and that’s not the case at Newcastle.

But we suppose that John Carver could always come in and run the club as caretaker manager, if Alan was fired.

Carver did that back in 2004, for the home game against Blackburn Rovers, after Sir Bobby Robson was ruthlessly fired and Graeme Souness was hired.

And Newcastle easily won that game against Souness’ former club 3-0 – and that should have told us something about Graeme – who was fired 18 months later.

And Mike Ashley has not attended a game at Newcastle since last September, and we often wonder why he wants to keep owning Newcastle, because he’s made the club mediocre at best in his time as owner, and seems to have very limited ambitions for Newcastle.

What’s the point?

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

  • 2 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Mashley should pull the plug on his reign at Nufc and take his merry band of freeloaders with him

  • 3 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    well then , if this is true, i am going to prey we lose, 1-0 or 10-0 im not fussy,
    just get him out,

  • 4 valle // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    As stated by many different people on many occasions, as long as Ashley is in charge, getting rid of Pardew might be another curse upon us. We are talking about the man who hired JFK both as manager and DOF and who now is rumored to replace JFK with Llambias AGAIN. Imagine who he will hire as our next manager… Shivers*

  • 5 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I’m with you Catchy, i’m hoping we lose against Villa so Pardew gets the sack.

    we are 9 points ahead os Villa, Swansea & WHU.

    ED your wrong mate MA will be looking for a replacement as soon as Pard’s is gone and there’s good managers out there and some very good French managers who would love to manage us and get a step into the Premier League

  • 6 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    ‘God Dag’ Is that correct mate.How come there are so many ways to say hello/good day

  • 7 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Black n white
    Stop dreaming buddy, We will end up with someone like Roeder again lol

  • 8 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    so guys which managers should we get?


  • 9 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM


    probably Fat Sam again lol

  • 10 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    what about Hoddle?

  • 11 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    For all our preying we get beat by the villa-Watch us go and smash em 5-0 and we will be back to square 1 again

  • 12 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM


    for me its worth the risk

    im not an nufc fan to watch the books, it is only about the football for me,
    id love to change Ashley, i think he makes mistakes, but i also see that he has provided a decent squad, that is being badly managed,
    even an average manager could do well with theplayers we have,
    there are many managers out there that work in worse conditions than pardew is
    it must be so hard for him working with international players as apposed to league 2 players, where he should be

  • 13 Premiership Manager // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Despite the knocking given by some fans I’ve been a supporter of Pardew and the club regime in respect to the transfer policy and buying for the future, however after the latest transfer window I’ve had my fill.

    Mike Ashley has two options, either to sell or hand over control of the club to a management team who know the industry and everything that goes with it. A manager will not sort out the problems at the club and it will need to be rebuilt from scratch.

    For the fans and players this is a worst case scenario as it means that that there will be a lack of direction, communications and constant change of continuity within the club. Morale will plummet and the club will very likely go into free fall with most players wanting out at the next window.

    This will be a disaster.

    Even if we manage to limit the damage the club will have to be rebuilt in the summer and that will require a substantial amount of money to be invested in the club and then we will be faced with QPR syndrome whereby we spend too much money, bring in too many players who don’t gel and we’ll be back to square one.

    It is a no win situation.

    The other question is who would be desperate or stupid enough to take the job on.

    If the club has to be rebuilt it has to be done from the ground up and that will mean getting rid of the high percentage of French players as that is one of the major problems. We need to recruit from all areas but the mainstay of the club has to be English and English speaking players with no more than two or three players from each other country.

    I can’t see Ashley selling the club as he will not get a decent return on his investment, he’s probably prefer to level the ground and sell it for housing if he thought it would reap a decent return on his investment.

    The only real option he has is to have a business partner and hand over control of the club to somebody who knows what they are doing.

  • 14 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM


    dammit! you beat me to it 😉 lol

  • 15 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Black n white
    Do you think we will be able to attract any top manager under this regime who has an ounce of self respect about themselves. Personally I think Pardew puts up with a lot of crap from upstairs because he knows he aint gonna get a better gig anywhere else. Whereas a top notch coach would just walk away

  • 16 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM


    yes it is :) im not sure im only learning norwegian, everyone speaks good english , so i tend to just speak that,

    god morgen
    god for midag
    god etter midag
    god dag
    god kveld
    god natt
    there might be even more of them :/

  • 17 valle // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Catchy… If we get someone good in (And I have to admit that I dont watch any other leagues so I have no idea who is out there of managerial talents, since we missed out on Martinez) then great! I am with you all the way if that were the case. Problem is that I dont think we will get someone good in, I think we will get someone in who works well with Ashley. To him the manager is just like any of his other shop managers, they need to fit into his world, thats the number 1 rule.

  • 18 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Premiership Manager

    a new manager is probably what the players need, imo i hope it’s a top French manager not just because he’s French but because they have experience in Europe and there wages are probably low because of the tax rates over there.

    just Because MA is a shrewd owner doesn’t mean that all Managers see us that way, many Managers would love to manage Newcastle and probably share the idea what MA is doing to the club concerning Transfer policy.

    we haven’t got Cabaye any more but we still have good players

  • 19 valle // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    catchy… formiddag and eftermiddag is one word not two ;)… That said, the english have almost as many: Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night. Only one missing is good noon, which would translate to god formiddag.

  • 20 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM


    YES, there will be lots of managers who would kill to work at this club
    the squad is good, but the main reason is we are in the premiership , at the very least they will see us as a stepping stone club to a big club

    hahaha i ment to a club with ambition

  • 21 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM


    i think the top (French) managers would love to come here to prove themselves at a higher level, managers are like us fans it’s the pride and passion with football they seek.

    i wouldn’t expect Jose or the Man City manager to manage us simply because they like going to the bigger clubs with top players and a sh!t loads of money

  • 22 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM


    i dont watch as much as some on here, but i would be asking Carr to do some scouting now,

    i also think sacking pardew would boost confidence straight away, thats got to be worth 9 points alone , (random figure plucked from thin air )

  • 23 Blofal // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Note the phrase “it is believed”. No source is even alluded to. It’s a made up story.

    Fox news journalism. They begin a phrase with “people are saying” or “they say” to pose a question that has absolutely no base in fact or evidence.

  • 24 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    if we could, and i know this is a big ask, Diego Simeone,

  • 25 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    catchy in norway

    Diego Simeone is awesome and a lot like the special one, but i can’t see this happening but i think Belsa & Gerard would come

  • 26 Lee Dodd // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I hate to say this but I Think Alan Pardews Days are Numbered.. Mike Ashley is on Very Thin ice Here… If he Gets Rid of Alan then Gets Kinear as manager then no one will buy tickets and season tickets will be canceled on mass !!!! Then Again Who the Hell is going to want to come to Newcastle United as Manager these days ? Give John Carver the Job as He is a Local Lad and Knows what Newcastle means to The Fans and the Area … He has been with us in the Champions League Europa League and premier league .

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Feb 16, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Tell me one thing

    Apart from getting the sack, what hasn’t pardew done this season which you muppets like him to do.

  • 28 Sav // Feb 16, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Exactly, there’s a clutch of nutters on here with a list of foreign managers from other leagues who they imagine are going to transform Newcastle despite our owner’s chaotic transfer policy continuing. Pardew is vilified for trying to Keep Calm and Carry On, yet we are told others would ‘kill to get his job’. And they’d probably do some brown-nosing to hang onto it, too, then? The last manager to walk out on Monster Mash on principle was KK who I remember was vilified for that as well. ‘Toys out of the Pram’ was a popular phrase on this blog at that time. Other geniuses want a French manager to manage our French players. That reminds me of the old woman who swallowed a fly.

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